San Luis Obispo's Favorite Tobacco Shop.

“Premium Cigars, Tobacco & Requisites”

About Us

The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop was established in 1992, when Doug Shaw purchased the existing tobacco shop. The downtown location has been a tobacco shop since 1973. Doug remodeled the store in 1993 to bring out the character of the century old building; he exposed the brick walls, introduced rich hard woods, and refinished the wood floor. It was at this time Doug added a lounge/loft that, to this day, many of our customers do not notice until they hear voices from above. Feel free to come on down and join us for a relaxing cigar or pipe full and experience a traditional tobacco shop.

At The Sanctuary there is one saying that defines us: “The only work free, smoke place in San Luis Obispo.” The Sanctuary we strives to have a relaxing atmosphere for all of our customers to enjoy. We carry a full line of handmade cigars, pipes as well as all the smoking requisites you will need. In recent years we have added a selection men’s gifts. Come on down and join Doug and the regulars for a relaxing afternoon.  Good smokes, good fellowship and good friends.

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Mike Terry

Excellent service with a decent selection and a lounge to enjoy your stick...what more Cana brother or sister of the leaf ask for? I will stop by here every time I'm in town!

Sep 8, 2016
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Jim B.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Stopped by this place in SLO for a cigar - awesome place! Great selection, the regulars are great to talk to - very diverse crowd and fun conversations.  Doug, the proprietor really knows his stuff and goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome. If your a cigar ...

Jul 29, 2016
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Irish M.
Chula Vista, CA

This is a great, legitimate, cigar, pipe and tobacco shop. There isn't a hookah or vapes anywhere inside! Doug carries a very well chosen selection of cigars. If you're a pipe smoker, you'll feel right at home. The Sanctuary carries a wonderful selection of blends, a few of their own ...

Jan 17, 2016
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Ali M.

Great little tobacco shop. Friendly and knowledge staff and regulars. Smallish selection but the cigars are all very well picked out. All excellent cigars. Cosy lounge to enjoy a cigar.

Jul 7, 2015
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noah c.
Salinas, CA

I'm not deployed in the desert anymore, but still to far away to visit regularly on Thursday nights. But have made a half state drive recently to stop by and say hi. Best night to stop by is Thursday, always a good group of folks to chat with. (sure it's ...

Jun 29, 2014

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Monday - Saturday: 11a - 6p

Thursday: 11a - 9p

Sunday: 12 - 4p

1111 Chorro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 543-1958